This Parenthood Actor Won't Appear In The Series Finale

It’s hard to believe that NBC’s Parenthood is wrapping up its final season. During the January 29 finale, we should be able to say goodbye to a good chunk of the show’s characters, but there will be one familiar face who will be noticeably absent. John Corbett, who play’s Sarah’s ex and Drew and Amber’s father on the dramatic series, will unfortunately not be a part of the finale. It wasn’t always that way. Corbett spoke out this week to tell the story of what happened with his planned appearance.

Corbett spoke out at the Television Critics Association Press Tour to explain how Parenthood creator and showrunner Jason Katims had to make decisions regarding the finale. Corbett recently spoke out to say that the scene featuring his character, Seth had to go.

“I got a bad call from Jason Katims two nights ago — they had to cut my great scene. They flew me all the way from New York to do a scene with Lauren [Graham], and God, it was such a good scene. I got to see [Amber’s] baby and they had to cut it for time. I was super bummed.”

Seth and Amber have had more downs than ups, and while Seth has occasionally been around during the series, it’s easy to see how the scene was cut from the finale. After all, Seth’s always been a person who has kind of been in and out of Amber’s life, and has had a pretty rocky relationship with his daughter.


With so many other storylines the show has to wrap up thanks to so many family members headlining the series, if something had to be cut from the episode, a scene with Corbett is a natural choice.

While John Corbett won’t be popping up in the Parenthood finale, TV Line reports that a few other characters from the show’s history are slated to appear. So far Sarah Ramos, who plays Adam and Kristina’s college-aged kid Haddie, will return for the finale. Then, Matt Lauria, who plays Amber’s former fiancé Ryan, will also pop up, as well, presumably to see the baby he conceived with Amber, but we’ll see how that goes. I’d like to think Parenthood will end on a high note, but that’s not always that show’s strong suit.

In terms of the big scene that was cut, that sort of thing happens in films and TV all the time, and it’s likely there will be good news for fans. Often, when TV seasons are released on to Blu-ray and DVD, deleted scenes are included, so hopefully we will have that to look forward to. In the meantime, you can catch Corbett in the new FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

There’s only two episodes left before NBC’s Parenthood officially ends its run. The final episodes of the family-oriented drama will air on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.

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